Southern Housing Group

February member focus

Southern Housing Group is one of Southern England’s largest housing associations; managing 25,000 homes for more than 66,000 residents, with over 900 employees. They work with more than 70 local authorities, including many in London, particularly in Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Newham which feature some of the most deprived communities in the Country. Our mission is to unlock the potential of people and places. We've been doing this since 1901, when our founder Samuel Lewis bequeathed £670,000 (equivalent to £30 million today) to provide housing for the poor. We achieve this by:

  • Developing quality, affordable housing 
  • Improving the neighbourhoods where our residents live 
  • Developing a range of rent and home ownership opportunities 
  • Investing in our staff, our residents and our legacy 

Our Social and Economic Regeneration Department works with residents to improve their quality of life beyond their housing needs and provides grant funding to both residents and external providers to support this activity. Our work is based around the following themes:

We deliver for our residents through staff working directly with communities levering-in resources and developing projects and programmes which support the communities' needs; and via a grant funding programme which provides funding for residents themselves, external partners and voluntary and community organisations to deliver projects and programmes. Our current priorities are to help support our residents through the current difficult economic climate and help prepare them for the changes in the welfare benefits system.  We are therefore working with a range of partners to deliver employment and training support and addressing issues of digital and financial exclusion for our residents.

We are delighted to have joined London Funders as now more than ever we need to work together, share expertise and understanding and find joined-up solutions to today’s problems. We look forward to meeting and working with other London Funder members to help improve the lives of Londoners.